Groundbreaking held for 60-unit senior building in Rosemount

A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 11 at the future site of Cambrian Commons, the Dakota County Community Development Agency’s 60-unit senior housing building at the corner of South Robert Trail and Lower 147th Street West.

The event included speakers Mayor Bill Droste and Dakota County and Community Development Agency commissioners Nancy Schouweiler and Mike Slavik.

The building will be the second CDA senior housing site in Rosemount and the 28th overall in Dakota County.

The CDA’s other Rosemount building is located a block to the west – Cameo Place.

The site was the former location of some single-family homes and Genz Ryan Plumbing and Heating, which moved to Burnsville in 2005.

The city of Rosemount’s Port Authority purchased the Genz Ryan site and sold the property in October 2013 to the CDA.

The CDA work is another major project related to the city’s Downtown Redevelopment Framework completed in summer 2004.

The first project was Waterford Commons – a 108-unit apartment building and 13,000-square-foot retail building between 146th and Lower 147th.

Other additions include the Dakota County Robert Trail Library, the conversion of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church and School site to the city-owned Steeple Center event venue and future activity center and senior housing site.

The 100,000-square-foot activity center under construction will provide space for senior programs, arts and cultural activities and other community groups.

The Makado Group is building the memory care and independent and assisted living building north of the activity center called The Rosemount.

Other changes in the downtown area include the opening of Fluegel’s Farm, Garden and Pet’s new building across South Robert Trail from the future Cambrian Commons.

Cambrian Commons will include 34 one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom units, which will rent for $592 and $722, respectively.

The site will have a community room with kitchen, club room, exercise room, screened porch, laundry facilities, storage lockers, elevator, secured entrances, emergency call system and underground heated parking.

Applications for CDA housing are available at the Dakota County CDA office, 1228 Town Centre Drive in Eagan, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 651-675-4440 to request an application by mail.

More information about the Senior Housing Program, including virtual tours of each development, is at the CDA’s website: http://www.dakotacda.org/seniorhousing_program.htm.

Tad Johnson is at [email protected].